How Ford Focus ST & RS are stolen
1 August 2015 | Admin
If you own a Ford Focus ST or RS you will most likely be aware of the dangers of not adding any aftermarket security. With the standard Thatcham CAT 1 being able to turn off once the vehicle see's an ignition feed it simply shuts off the original alarm. With many vehicles this is the case and it's now a massive problem in the local Essex area. The Ford's Focus ST's and RS models are normally broken into in two different ways.
The first method commonly used is picking the drivers door lock, with a small amount of skill these locks can be picked in seconds with the correct tool. Once the lock is picked they have to act quickly, to make the car see an active ignition feed before setting off the factory Thatcham Cat 1 alarm. If they are successful at this point in making no noise at all they simply plug there OBD key programming tool into the OBD socket meaning a new key will be programmed and ready to go within 15-30 seconds.
The next method which is used is the fastest and makes more noise. They will smash the drivers window glass in the lower right hand corner which still doesn't trigger the alarm due to a blind spot from the original ultrasonic sensors mounted within the interior light. once the glass is broken away the thief will simply put there arm through the window with there OBD programmer allowing a new key to be programmed within seconds. Once this has been done it will automatically unlock all doors and even if deadlocked with still unlock the doors.
We can offer hi tech aftermarket solutions meaning adding an advanced alarm system with OBD immobilisation. or offer an alarm with a secure driver card which has to be present in the vehicle before it will allow the vehicle to start. This means even if a key is cloned / programmed in the vehicle will still remain immobilised.
What have Ford motor company said / advised to help?
Will the above help in securing my Ford Focus ST or RS? The answer is NO. Most of the vehicles that are stolen are double locked and with the interior sensors active. Be aware and make sure you upgrade your Ford's security before it's to late.